France and Britain were not very happy with each other. Each of them asked America to help them win their war. When America decided to stay neutral, both France and Britain were upset.
Maybe we should make our own stuff.
Britain was especially upset Britain decided to send ships out to America.... *America isn't the only to be blocked by Britain. France's coast was also blocked by the British once.*
...and blocked their harbors and their coast so there could be no trade. No ships in and no ships out. *When the war of 1812 began Britain had about 600 ships and America had about 18.*
Yay! America is even more successful now. We love America!!
There was no way to trade with anyone. Without trade and money the nation would crumble. America had no choice but to begin manufacturing its own products. *blockades can have laws that both sides have to abide by. Both the people causing it and the people affected*
It might work... let's try it.
Factories were built all around the nation. Cotton was grown in the South and shipped to the North. The cotton was turned into cloth in factories.
America became independent and successful by building factories and manufacturing their own products.